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Audition for Cleveland Ballet’s “The Nutcracker Suite” to be held September 23, 2017!

July 05, 2017

Cleveland Ballet will be holding auditions as the new resident company of Playhouse Square for their upcoming production of The Nutcracker Suite, December 16 and 17 at the Hanna Theater. The audition will take place Saturday, September 23 at 11:00am in the Gund Studio at Playhouse Square, located at 1375 Euclid Avenue.

Cleveland Ballet is looking to cast 60 dancers for this production. Dancers to be considered must be enrolled in regular dance classes and have a minimum of two years of training. All Auditionees MUST be available for ALL of the rehearsals and 3 performances for The Nutcracker Suite. Any dancer who is unable to commit to the required dates will not be considered for the production. The Nutcracker Suite Rehearsals will take place at Cleveland Ballet’s studios on Miles Road and at Playhouse Square.

*Pre-Registration is mandatory* Please follow THIS LINK to pre-register. A headshot must be presented on the day of the audition. Headshots must be 4×6 or larger.
There are two age ranges being considered:

  • Male and female dancers between 8 and 14 years old (as of September 1) must be between 46 and 62 inches tall. Possible roles for this age range includes: Party Girls, Party Boys, Mice, Soldiers, Angels and others.
  • Male and Female dancers between 15 and 21 years old (As of September 1) must be between 5’3” and 5’7”. Female dancers must have strong ballet technique and pointe experience. Possible roles for this age range are Snow and Waltz of the Flowers and others.

Dancers will find out THAT DAY if they are cast! Please be prepared to sign paperwork should you be asked to participate in this production.


What: Cleveland Ballet’s The Nutcracker Suite Auditions
When: Saturday September 23, 2017 11:00am-2:00pm. Doors open: 10:30am
Where: Gund Studio at Playhouse Square. 1375 Euclid Avenue

  • Requirements:
  • *Pre-registration is mandatory and ONLY available online* Pre-Registration Link
  • Headshot = minimum 4×6 in size to be presented on the day of the audition
  • Minimum 2 years of dance training
  • Must be available for all rehearsals and performances
  • As of September 1, 2017 Male and Female dancers must be between 8-14 or 15-21.
    Height requirements: Ages 8-14, 46 to 62inches. Ages 15-21, 5’3” – 5’7”.
  • Female dancers: Please wear a black leotard, pink tights, ballet slippers and pointe shoes if experienced.
  • Male dancers: Please wear white t-shirt, black pants or tights and ballet shoes.

Rehearsal Dates:
October 21 and 28 November 4, 11, and 18 December 2 and 9 at:
Cleveland Ballet Studios
23030 Miles Road
Bedford Heights, Ohio 44128

December 12, 13, 14, and 15 at:
Playhouse Square
1375 Euclid Avenue

Performance Dates:
December 16, 1pm and 7pm performances
December 17, 1pm (Nutcracker Tea event following)
*dancers required to perform for all 3 performances*

Season tickets to Cleveland Ballet’s Playhouse Square Productions and tickets for The Nutcracker Suite are currently available online at, via phone 216-241-6000 or by stopping by the box office.  Season Tickets can be purchased HERE

If you are visiting Cleveland for this exciting opportunity or just looking for more information, Playhouse Square offers information on directions, parking, dining, lodging and other helpful Cleveland insight on their website Follow this link:“Plan Your Visit”.

*Any questions may be directed to Cleveland Ballet at *